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court. good morning. welcome to "news4 today." >> there are water-logged neighborhoods this morning in our area. the rain was so fast and furious overnight police were forced to shut down some flooded roads. we actually found some firefighters pushing cars out of the water on first street in northwest. one man told news4 that his entire apartment flooded. >> my neighbors got a sump pump. i tried brush it out to the drain. it's like this the entire way through my apartment. >> take a look at this picture of rhode island avenue in northwest. you can see cars there almost submerged under water. it was a similar scene on the dulles toll road before the spring hill exit in mcclain. >> whether last night's storm brought down more tree limbs or you have debris from the storms a few weeks ago, montgomery county will pick it up for free starting today.
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put your debris in the grassy area next to the road and just make sure it isn't blocking the sidewalk, the road, or a driveway. if you don't see crews today, be patient. it could take several days to collect all of that debris. it was a lot out there. storm 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here. are there any storm clouds overhead? looks pretty out there right now. >> those are friendly clouds. there is dawn over the potomac. live view from nbc 4 hd city camera on this wednesday morning. good morning. it's 6:01. 71 at northwest. around the storm4 hometown weather network, annapolis, 76. alexandria, near 70. winchester, mid 60s and andrews in prince george's county, near 70. many rural areas around the region are in the 60s including most of virginia, most of maryland and into west virginia. a few high spots in west virginia are in the 50s right now. reagan national at 74. the view from space showing a few high clouds drifting.
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the rain is down to our south. that may be moving in perhaps into the mountains later today. only a slight chance. otherwise, here's your day planner. mid 90 by afternoon. less humid during the afternoon hours and partly sunny throughout the rest of the day. i'll be back in ten minutes with another update. aaron? >> all right. thank you, tom. a traffic alert for drivers now. a downed tree shut down a busy road in northwest d.c. this one caused big delays during the morning commute. melissa mollet with a look at the damage now. >> reporter: good morning. i can tell you a lot of folks have come down here at 6:00 this morning. slowed down and taken a look and realize they can't go down waterside drive if you are on massachusetts trying to get to rock creek parkway. you can see why. look at this tree. this tree is originally on rock creek park property. it fell over here into the spanish embassy office of economic and commercial affairs. we understand nobody was injured. we can't tell if there's damage to the side of the building. this tree fell around midnight
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last night and roads have been shut down ever since. if we pan to the right here, you can see another tree fell on the other side of waterside drive and knocked out that signal and those signs that happened just a couple hours earlier. we understand they came out and took care of that situation but still here we do have an issue. the road will be shut down likely for at least a couple more hours. the officer we spoke with earlier said that he did not know when anybody was coming out here. danella sealock inside with the rest of the issues. >> a good thing to do is take p street and you can take that to rock creek parkway. that will be a problem for a lot of commuters. down i-95, delays hitting the brakes part lorton. now, the rails. slight delay. ten minutes on the manassas line
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of vre. chopper en route to a crash on route 50 at east/west highway. over to you. we expect reaction this morning from d.c. mayor vincent gray after yet another guilty plea in a probe into his 2010 campaign. yesterday 75-year-old jeanne harris, a veteran public relations executive, plead guilty to two felonies. she's accused of funneling $650,000 to a shadow campaign from someone identified as co-conspirator number one. news4 sources say that person is businessman jeffrey thompson who has not been charged. the u.s. attorney's office says the shadow campaign deceived voters and it will continue the investigation. >> the shadow campaign was entirely off the books. financed with secret corporate money so that d.c. voters had no idea who was influencing them at the ballot box. >> harris said neither she nor the co-conspirator devised the
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shadow campaign but refused to say who did. mayor gray has denied any wrongdoing. the d.c. council is now on summer recess but managed to pass several measures before going on break. one measure includes new regulations for the taxi cab industry. taxis will be required to have gps technology and credit card machines by the end of this year to avoid inflated rates. the d.c. council approved a bill that allows police to use breathalyzers again. council members also agreed that car owners can be held responsible for traffic camera tickets no matter who was driving the car and verizon center got approval to install nine new monitors to modernize its billboards. the house will vote on whether to repeal president obama's health care law. all republicans are expected to support the repeal but the measure will likely die in the senate where democrats hold the majority. republicans argue the 2-year-old law is the largest tax hike in history and threat to economic recovery. democrats say this time could be better spent creating jobs.
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maryland's election board certified a petition to put the state's new same-sex marriage law on the november ballot. the maryland marriage alliance submitted more than 162,000 signatures to repeal it. lawmakers in annapolis passed marriage equality earlier this year. in may a poll by marylanders for marriage equality found 57% of likely voters say they would uphold the law. if the nationals make it to the world series, they'll have home field advantage thanks to a dominant performance by the national league. >> from the washington nationals, bryce harper. >> they contributed to the nl's 8-0 drubbing of the american league at the all-star game. straussberg and gonzalez punished scoreless innings and harper provided comic relief. rookie outfielder lost the ball in the lights leading to a not so highlight reel worthy play.
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eventually he got it. >> he's going to be teased relentlessly. the youngest to ever appear in an all-star game. >> it's nice to have moments like this to build your library of moments through your career. he owned the 2008 olympics so why is another american calling michael phelps a slacker? chevy will be have an offer hard to refuse for some car shoppers. a welcome sign. a dry sky. will it stay that way? weather and traffic on the 1s. what's behind the unlikely pairing between two reta
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target and neiman marcus joining forces for a new holiday collection.
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they will release the joint collection on december 1st including products from two dozen designers. the items will be sold online and in stores. prices will range from $8 to $500 but most items will be priced under 60 bucks. >> very cool. people making their christmas lists already. it's a little early for that. >> find out what's on that list. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. meteorologist tom kierein telling us about this nice calmer weather. looks nice out there. >> beautiful sunrise behind you. right now around our region we have temperatures generally right around 60 around the metro area but many rural areas in maryland and virginia down into the 60s this morning. 74 now at reagan national. southern maryland, northern neck, eastern shore near the waters in the mid 70s. hometown forecast, fredericksburg by noontime low 80s and partly sunny afternoon peaking in mid to upper 80s there and much of the region and we'll have just a slight chance of an isolated thundershower popping up by early to mid evening.
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and then after that we'll be down to the upper 60s by midnight and another pleasant day coming tomorrow. we'll look at that. the rest of the week and weekend. seven-day outlook at 6:21. how is traffic? >> taking a live look from chopper 4 above route 50 inbound as you make your way west past 410. you can see this car is just about to be towed out of the way. crash blocking the right lane. volume is not bad around route 50. better since your travel lanes have opened up. let's head to i-270 southbound. seeing you hit the brakes past 109. these delays start at 80. when you pass 109 toward clarksburg road, things look good. here's a live look at father hurly. no issues northbound or southbound in this area. back over to you. 71 degrees. a health alert this morning for people with children. the deadly disease coming back in record numbers. and the captain of the cruise ship that sunk off the
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coast of italy with an unusual
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breaking news now at 6:15. take a look at this video. this ball of fire is the result of a freight train explosion in columbus, ohio. the train derailed about 2:00 a.m. this morning not too far away from ohio state campus if you are familiar with this area.
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the city is now evacuating a mile-wide area as they try to determine what is burning on the freight train. the fire can be seen from ten miles away. we just learned two people were hurt in this crash. we'll continue to follow this story all morning long right here on news4. in news for your health, the u.s. on track to set a record for the number of whooping cough case this is year. the center for disease control says there's been more than 16,000 cases reported this year. that's already higher than last year's total of just over 15,000. whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes uncontrollable coughing that can lead to death. it usually affects young children. health officials say everyone should get vaccinated against whooping cough. the captain of the "costa concordia" says he was distracted by a phone conversation shortly before the ship crashed. he is facing charges for the january 13th accident that killed 32 people off the italian cost. in an interview with a private
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tv channel, he says destiny played a role in that crash. the captain was released from house arrest last week but he cannot leave his hometown. later this month at an evidence hearing, a judge will hear information from concordia's black box data recorder and after that the judge will decide whether he will stand trial. a hearing will be held today for two former penn state leaders accused of lying to a garage. former athletic director tim curley and former vice president gary schultz are also accused of failing to alert police about jerry sandusky. meanwhile, joe paterno's family says the late football coach did not take part in a coverup for sandusky. paterno's family called sandusky "a master deceiver." this comes ahead of a report by a former fbi director that will release the findings of his investigation tomorrow. a jury convicted sandusky last month of abusing ten boys over a 15-year period. five us airways passengers be out of the hospital after
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getting sick aboard a flight to rome. that flight was diverted to philadelphia after passengers and crew members reported feeling ill. fumes were detected on the plane. five people were treated at the hospital and released. us air replaced the sick crew and plane and resumed the flight. the southern california city of san bernardino is filing for bankruptcy. "the los angeles times" says city council voted and passed the issue last night. the interim city manager said the city may not be able to make payroll with a budget shortfall of more than $45 million in the next fiscal year. san bernardino is now the third california city in less than two weeks to make the rare move. the city of scranton, pennsylvania, facing a severe budget crisis as well. right now officials say the city has roughly $5,000 left in its coffers to try to cut costs. the mayor has cut nearly 400 city workers pay to minimum wage. he says the city council is to blame for the cash shortage.
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he claims they passed a budget that borrowed a large sum of money from banks without figuring out how to pay it back. >> they deserve to be paid. they're doing great job. no question about that. i can't make it work if i don't have all of the money. >> unions representing some of the workers are planning to file a federal lawsuit against the mayor. chevrolet hopes to boost car sales with money-back guarantee on new cars and trucks. folks at chevy say they will refund buyers within 60 days of buying a new car or truck. the owner doesn't have to give a reason for the return. the only restrictions are the car cannot be damaged and it cannot have more than 4,000 miles on it. the offer ends september 4th. he is america's most decorated olympic swimmer but it appears some teammates don't quite consider him a leader or anything like that in or out of the pool. tyler who will compete in the 200 meter backstroke and
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butterfly called michael phelps out for his work ethic. he trained alongside phelps at the university of michigan. he says phelps lacks preparation and is asking to get beaten. phelps doesn't necessarily deny the criticism. he acknowledged that he lost his motivation after the beijing olympics, gained some weight and often skipped training. >> he won so many olympic golds maybe he is thinking he can take a break. i would not underestimate michael phelps. >> maybe it's a good thing to have smack talking going into the olympics and that motivates people sometimes. >> we want you to take a look at a tour we put together of some of these spectacular venues you'll see during the london olympics. many competitions will take place at olympic park on london's east side. >> the former industrial area is home to eight newly built venues. the largest park to be built in london in a century.
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and a 2 million square foot shopping mall. it's also home to orbit tower, an marvel that stands 377 feet tall but london is also mixing old with the new. most notably for beach volleyball played at the horse grounds parade just around the corner from big ben and buckingham palace. very cool. >> our olympic coverage continues online at nbcwashington.com. you can check out a full tour of olympic park with doug kammerer as the city puts finishing touches on it there. >> here's tom kierein. >> an olympic gold sunrise going on behind you. right now around the region a few high clouds coming in giving us this spectacular sunrise. storm 4 radar showing heavy downpours just east of norfolk and down into the carolinas. that's going to stay to our south today. although there's a slight chance of isolated shower out of the mountains. right now it's down into the 50s. all of these areas in green, 60s throughout much of virginia and maryland. and it's in the low 70s along
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the tidal potomac and by the bay. later today, near 90. partly sunny. tomorrow, partly sunny mid 80s and not too humid. getting more humid on friday with an increasing chance of shower or thunderstorm through the morning and maybe even during the afternoon over the weekend as we heat up and get steamy. a hot start to next week with a slight chance of storms monday and tuesday. next time you see me, i'll be outside on our new storm 4 weather patio. how's traffic? >> yesterday's storms causing problems in the district. waterside drive at mass avenue you have a downed tree along waterside drive and you cannot access waterside drive from mass avenue or rock creek parkway. you want to take p street instead this morning. let's head over to i-95. still seeing hit the brakes at lorton. under speed. out of quantico, 41 miles an hour taking 34 minutes to the beltway.
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connecting to the beltway, a live look making your way past duke. once you pass duke, you'll open up. not bad heading to 14th street bridge. just get past that slow spot first. it's now 6:23. 71 degrees. ahead, a warning from police. the chimney repairman investigators say was blowing smoke. >> and after the break, you don't see this every day. a police chase ends with laughter while a lot of people are not laughing now. [ obama ] i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. [ female announcer ] every woman who believes decisions about our bodies and our health care should be our own is troubled mitt romney supports overturning roe versus wade. romney backed a law that outlaws all abortion -- even in cases of rape and incest. and that's not all. i'll cut off funding to planned parenthood.
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welcome back. cameras caught the dramatic ending to a chase in los angeles. the driver lost control down a hill and then flipped his truck. police say the man took off when officers tried to pull him over yesterday. the driver was a middle school teacher wanted on child abuse charges. he is now in the hospital.
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a prank that got two police officers fired has led to others out of a job in a florida town. an officer and sergeant led another police officer on a high-speed chase in claremont, florida. they weaved in and out of traffic hitting speeds of 80 miles an hour. they laughed out what was a joke after a stop. the city manager resigned over criticism the prank reflected on his management style over the police department. a lot of police officers that i know say that just because you're a cop, doesn't mean that you don't have to follow the rules. don't get away with that. >> 6:27 now. 71 degrees. ahead, the president heading back to high school. they didn't use the door or a window. this morning police looking for crooks who made their own entrance. >> four men charged in a sickening crime. two of them father and son.
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a local reporter found dead
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a local reporter killed. this morning police are searching for clues and looking for some of the stories she's written. and family crime. disturbing charges against a local father and son. good morning, everybody. welcome back to news4 today. a lot of people are asking where did that come from? serious rain fell last night flooding streets and this morning we're drying out. it is nice morning to get outdoors. that's exactly what tom kierein is doing right now. >> live on the storm team 4 weather patio this morning. >> yes. debuting the view from outside here. look at this view behind me. we have the first light of morning streaming into the lawn and as we look at the sky above me here, we have a gorgeous morning under way here from the weather patio. a few clouds you can see up there above the trees here outside here at nbc 4. and our storm 4 weather patio
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will be a wonderful venue for us in the coming days and over the next few years. if we have bad weather, snow falling or we have a gusty, windy day or it's just steamy and hot, we'll be out here and sampling it and giving you the views from here. absolutely beautiful morning under way here from our new storm 4 weather patio. let's look at what's going on around the region now. we've had a few high clouds drifting over us. and the high clouds are continuing to move over us giving us a beautiful sunrise under way. temperatures around the region now 60s much of maryland and virginia. and into west virginia. a few locations in the 50s. 74 now at reagan national. there's the sunrise over the potomac. that's a live view from our nbc 4 hd city camera. sunrise at 5:53. today's sunset at 8:34. by noontime, mid 80s. a peak near 90 degrees by mid afternoon.
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just a slight chance of an isolated shower or thundershower in the mountains and also noticeably less humid by mid to late afternoon. i'll be back in ten minutes with another update and now a look at the traffic. >> i have travel speeds for you. some roads aren't bad at all. route 50 westbound from 301 to beltway in maryland. you're at 67 miles per hour. not bad. outer loop of the beltway i-95 to i-270. slow at 41 miles an hour. inner loop in virginia, not bad at all from interchange to dulles toll road at 60 miles an hour. live look to the beltway from hunter mill road, 52 miles an hour looking like a seven-minute drive. back in ten with another look at traffic. aaron, over to you. >> thank you, danella. the mother of a northern virginia reporter found dead in her burning home wants answers in her daughter's mysterious death. sarah greenhalgh died monday
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morning when the home she rented in upperville, virginia, went up in flames. the journalist was single, never married and had no children. her mother is devastated and her friends are shocked at the news as well. >> i'm just so sad to think that her life is gone, and i don't know why. i don't know what they did. i don't know what happened. i don't know what made this happen. i just don't understand it. >> she was a wonderful girl. it is a surprise. >> police are not releasing details other than greenhalgh's death is a homicide until the investigation is complete. >> police are on the lookout for a man who shot a taxi driver in prince george's county. police tell news4 the cab driver picked up the man at the new carolton metro station. the school is closed for the summer and the parking lot was
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empty. investigators say the man shot the driver when he refused to drive behind the school. the victim is expected to recover. a scam alert now for homeowners this morning. montgomery county police say some people are trying to take advantage of damaged done by recent storms to steal your money. police say in june an elderly man was nearly scammed out of $825 for repair work to his chimney that wasn't necessary. police are still looking for a suspect in that case. 49-year-old virginia from spotsylvania. make sure a repaired person is licensed before allowing them to do work on your home. >> father and son are among four men locked up on accusations they sexually assaulted two underage girls. 19-year-old justin terry brought a 14 and 15-year-old girl to a house in spotsylvania county last month. they say his father, adam terry, got the girls drunk and then four men took turns assaulting them. the accusations came as a shock
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to neighbors. all four men are in jail being held without bond. a d.c. man who spent 20 years in jail for a rape he did not commit will have his conviction overturned thanks to court ordered dna testing. federal prosecutors say dna from 49-year-old kirk odom did not match evidence found at the crime scene in the rape he was convicteded of. odwedom maintained his innocenc from the beginning but no one believed him until now. >> the disbelief and responses that i get. you know, yeah, right. yeah, right. sure you didn't do it you know you did it. no. it wasn't me. >> odom was released in 2003. he will no longer have to serve life-long parole or register as a sex offender. prosecutors say the man whose dna matched the crime is a convicted sex offender but he
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will not be charged because of the statute of limitations. >> 6:37. it is bryce harper's embarrassing all-star moment. >> plus, let the debate begin. ahead at 6:55, one man's attempt at humor sparking an international debate of the sexes. >> a big cleanup job this morning. a look at damage caused by last night's serious storm. try getting your insurance company to pay for this. why peacoc
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>> peck. peck. peck. scratches. >> that's what it looks like when peacocks attack. a pair of peacocks has been attacking their cars for the last three months. wildlife officials caught one of the birds but the male peacocks still roams the streets. >> came out to water my plants one morning and they were
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beating themselves up against the car. >> he thinks that he's seeing another male in that black car reflection. >> so far residents say the birds have caused nearly $2,000 in damage. yikes. >> he's fighting himself. >> he doesn't realize that though. he thinks it's some other male trying to pick a fight. >> why are you looking at me like that for? >> they can hurt themselves in the process and not just damage the cars. >> kind of funny. 6:41 is our time. let's look outside. sun is up shining breaking through clouds there. we are in time for a beautiful day. >> those are not nbc peacocks. they would never do that. well behaved and friendly and warm and cuddly. there is the view of our sky over the potomac river. a live view from hd city camera 6:41 on this wednesday morning. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. tom kierein back in the storm center 4. we have temperatures in the
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comfort zone. down into the 60s much of maryland and virginia into west virginia. it's now in the mid 70s in washington and by the bay but much of the region we are in the 60s. a beautiful morning. hometown forecast, damascus there in the upper 60s but by noontime low 80s and partly sunny and during the afternoon peaking in mid 80s there. metro area around 90 degrees by mid to late afternoon. and just a slight chance of an isolated shower or thundershower out of the mountains. in damascus by late in the evening ought to be low 70s around the metro area. should be mid to upper 70s by late evening. we'll take a look at the rest of the week and your weekend. that will be your seven-day outlook at 6:51. eun? >> thank you. we have a traffic alert for drivers in northwest washington. a downed tree shutting down a busy road. this will cause big delays during the morning commute. let's go to melissa mollet with the latest. any improvements out there? >> reporter: it could be quite a mess. a lot of people driving down
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here unable to turn right from massachusetts avenue down waterside drive connecting to rock creek parkway. this tree came down around midnight with a storm last night. it fell into the spanish embassy office. nobody injured. it's difficult right now to see if there's damage to the side of the building. it is on rock creek park property. that tree was. it's now across here. so the park service at some point will come out here to handle that and get that out of the way and hopefully reopen the road. pan to the right here, the other side of waterside drive did have a problem last night. you can see that light and also those signs right there were taken out by another very large tree. that happened around 10:30 or 11:00. they came out here and took care of that tree. they need to get back out here this morning to make things a little bit better for this morning commute. of course, i'm sure this is not the only issue in the area this morning. >> no. you're right. not the only issue.
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we're dealing with congestion in our area. you know how it goes if you travel this road. heavy on brakes as you make your way past 50. delays start out of the bypass and stop and go this morning. heavy volume and then you get relief as you make your way toward the beltway. traveling 66 inside the beltway, much nicer story eastbound and westbound passing route 7. clear travel lanes are open. eastbound you're clear from beltway as you head toward gw parkway. to the rails, still seeing a ten-minute delay on the vre manassas train. metro and marc aren't reporting delays at this time. breaking news right now. emergency crews battling a large fire from a freight train derailment in columbus, ohio, not too far from ohio state. the flame derailed at 2:00 this morning and burst into flames.
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the city is now evacuating a mile-wide area as they try to figure out what's burning on that freight train. two people were hurt in the crash. the "today" show will have more on this story at 7:00. 6:45 now. we expect d.c. mayor vincent gray to address the third guilty plea in a corruption probe surrounding his 2010 campaign. yesterday 75-year-old jeanne harris, a veteran public relations executive plead guilty to two felonies. she's accused of funneling $650,000 to a shadow campaign from someone identified as co-conspirator number one. news4 sources say that person is businessman jeffrey thompson who has not been charged. the u.s. attorney's office says the shadow campaign deceived voters and it will continue the investigation. >> the shadow campaign was entirely off the books. financed with secret corporate money so that d.c. voters had no idea who was influencing them at the ballot box. >> in an interesting moment in court, harris said neither she
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nor the core conspirator devised the shadow campaign but refused to say who did. mayor gray has denied any wrongdoing. the d.c. council approved a long list of changes before leaving on summer recess including an overhaul of the district's taxi cabs. tabs will be required to have gps technology and credit card machines by the end of the year to avoid inflated rates. d.c. council also approved a bill that allows police to use breathalyzers again and council members agreed that car owners can be held responsible for traffic camera tickets no matter who was driving their car and the verizon center got approval to install nine new video monitors to modernize its billboards. maryland elections board certified a position to put the same-sex marriage law on the november ballot. the maryland marriage alliance submitted more than 162,000 signatures to repeal it. lawmakers in annapolis passed marriage equality earlier this year. in may a poll by marylanders found 57% of likely voters said
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they would uphold the law. a canadian amateur astronomer who discovered several asteroids has named one after gay rights pioneer. he was a u.s. government astronomer in the 1950s when he was fired from his job for being gay. he founded d.c.'s first gay rights group and died last year. he was 86 years old. this morning fairfax county police are looking for the thieves who pulled off a usual robbery robbery at a payday lending business. three men cut a hole in the roof and did that monday morning to break in. they grabbed a female employee at gunpoint and made her open the safe. they grabbed cash and ran off. if you have information to help find the men involved, contact fairfax county police. another city in california filing for bankruptcy. seema, good morning to you.
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>> reporter: san bernardino is edging closer to bankruptcy. the city council voted tuesday night to file for chapter 9. san bernardino would be the third california city to file for bankruptcy in just the past two weeks. it would also be the second largest u.s. city to file ever following stockton, california, which filed late last month. san bernardino has slashed its workforce by 20% but still faces a $46 million deficit hurt in part by the recession and high pension costs. time for a brain freeze. 7-eleven is giving away free slurpies to mark the 85th birthday. you can get yourself a cup of the frozen treat at your local 7-eleven between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. they have been selling slurpies for 45 years. a fun fact, winnipeg, canada, held the title of the slurpy
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capital for 13 straight years with residents buying 189,000 drinks a month. that's a fun fact derived for you guys from cnbc. back over to you. >> all right. thank you so much. now i feel like i want one. today fairfax county leaders will look for some answers to a serious problem. the failure of the 911 system during the big storm two weeks ago. the board of supervisors used their meeting yesterday to talk about how the county handled that crisis. a chairwoman wants the governments to get involved asking for a regional task force to be formed to look at the 911 failure and how to prevent the problem in the future. verizon's 911 service in northern virginia was down for more than three days. if you're yard is still a mess interest debris from that storm, montgomery county will start picking it up today for free. they will pick up debris on county maintained roads. put debris in the grassy area next to the road and don't block sidewalks, roads or driveways.
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if you don't see crews today, be patient. it could take several days to collect all of the debris. another storm drenched the d.c. region and the rain was so fast and so furious police were forced to shut down flooded roads. one man tells news4 he came home from a softball game to find his entire apartment flooded. >> my neighbors have a sump pump. it's all i can do at this point. i tried brushing it out to the drain. it's like this the whole way through my apartment. >> look at this picture of rhode island avenue in northwest. you can see cars almost submerged under water. it was a similar scene on the dulles toll road before the spring hill exit in mcclain. certain areas looking like this. other areas saw nothing. not a spot. >> highly isolated but like you mentioned, a couple inches of rain in a short amount of time and nowhere no it to go. as a result we had heavy flooding. after that we had a gorgeous sunset. this a photo sent in by one of
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my twitter followers. pamela fireline in loudoun county. if you have photos, send them in. as we look at our sky over the potomac, a live view from hd city camera showing the sunrise on this wednesday morning. 74 now at reagan national. it's still rather humid. we have a calm wind now. all around the region, we are generally in the 60s. all these areas in green includes a lot of virginia, a lot of maryland and into west virginia even a few locations are in the 50s. these areas in yellow. 70s around the bay and tidal potomac and i reagan national at 74 degrees. and here's your day planner. by noontime, low to mid 80s and starting to turn less humid by then. and somewhat lower humidity during the afternoon climbing to around 90 degrees by mid afternoon. just a slight chance of an isolated shower or thundershower popping up and that's mainly in the mountain regions and then overnight tonight, we'll be down
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into the 60s again. tomorrow morning, partly sunny. thursday mid 80s. tomorrow afternoon not too humid. and then more humid on friday with likelihood of occasional showers and thundershowers rolling through for the morning into the evening and then hot and steamy over the weekend. could get afternoon storms and remaining hot and humid first part of next week. danella, good morning, how's traffic? >> live view from chopper 4 traveling on rockville pike at cedar lane. crash at the intersection here. police are on the scene. traveling northbound on rockville pike right lane is blocked and cedar as well right lane is blocked. be aware if you are approaching that intersection this morning. let's head to 395. delays in this area as well as you make your way northbound from the beltway slow past edsall. 33 miles per hour that drive taking 20 minutes. over to you. 6:52. today on capitol hill house republicans will try for the
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31st time to repeal the president's health care law. all republicans are expected to support the repeal but the measure will likely die in the senate where democrats hold the majority. democrats say this time could be better spent creating jobs. president obama making a campaign blitz through virginia this week. he is holding a number of events throughout the battleground state including a stop at centreville high school on saturday. the rally is open to the public but tickets are required. they can be picked up at the school on thursday on a first come first served basis. president obama will campaign in roanoke, virginia beach and also in the richmond county area this week. today mitt romney will address the naacp convention in houston. he's hoping to sway some of the civil rights group with his pro-jobs message. unemployment among blacks is disproportionately high at more than 14%. the nationals are keeping up their winning ways even during the all-star break. bryce harper, steven straussburg
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and geo gonzalez contributed at the all-star game. harper provided some comic relief. the rookie outfielder lost the ball in the lights. here we go. here it is. there's bryce harper. looking for the ball. where is it? behind you. yikes. all right. he says despite the flub, he enjoyed being around some of the biggest names in the game including hall of famer george brett. >> it was unbelievable being able to talk to my favorite player in the game. it was pretty unreal experience. telling me how much he liked my game and the way i played. i just -- it was great. no words for it. >> and the national league win means that if the nationals make it to the world series, they will have the home field advantage. we can dream, can't we? nationals going to the world
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series. how cool would that be? they've been playing really well. sometimes men and women disagree about things in particular who is a better driver. the mayor of a european town is taking this all one step further. he's the mayor of treeburg, germany. he had the parking deck relabeled with male and female spots. spaces for women are wider and more assessable. the mayor denies the garage is sexist but admits he believes men are better drivers. or at least better parkers. he hopes challenging political correctness will help tourism. this has been a hot topic in our ne newsroom and on our set. head to our facebook page to chime in on this. >> we've had people say a few things on our facebook site. >> they don't agree with some of those things. this is not just happening in germany. there's a parking deck in china where they added lighting and extra wide parking spaces and female parking attendants to give some guidance. >> you need female parking
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attendan to give guidance to men and women. >> tom wants to do last weather before we go. >> beautiful morning under way. 60s and low 70s around the area. right now we'll have rather humid conditions but later today less humid and highs near 90. storms friday, saturday, sunday. >> that's "news4 today." thank you for starting your day with us. >> the "today" show is next. we'll be back with 25 minutes with weather, traffic and breaking news. we're back tomorrow morning at 4:28. join us then. until then, have a great day. we'll see you tomorrow. ♪
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